A college basketball star and almost sure of an NBA Draft pick was injured 33 seconds into a game against fierce rivals when his Nike shoe opened.
Zion Williamson, 18, has been hailed as the “next LeBron James” and is vying for a multi-million dollar NBA contract when he graduates from Duke University.
Duke faced local rivals from North Carolina on Wednesday in an occasion that demanded unprecedented attention with President Obama among the famous faces in attendance to watch Williamson.
After 33 seconds of the biggest game of his budding career, however, disaster struck.
Williamson’s left shoe slashed open at the sole and awkwardly knocked him down, with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski confirming he had sustained a sprained knee.
Sportswear giant Nike said in a statement: âWe are obviously concerned and wish Zion a speedy recovery.
âThe quality and performance of our products are of the utmost importance. Although this is an isolated event, we are working to identify the problem. “
Tickets to the local derby were popular, with prices for a seat at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a capacity of 9,314 to exceed NFL Super Bowl prices.
President Obama and James were among those who sent Williamson their best wishes on Twitter.